Harvard philosopher Christine Korsgaard defends a Kantian account of the status of animals in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. She argues that we should treat animals as ends in themselves and spells out what that means in practice.
Most parents want their own children to do well in life. What are the morally acceptable limits on the benefits we can confer on our own children? Adam Swift, who has recently published a book on this question co-written with Harry Brighouse, discusses this question with Nigel Warburton.
In war there are legitimate and illegitimate targets. Combatants can be killed; civilians shoudn't be deliberately targeted. This is a matter of international law, but is also believed to be a moral principle. Some philosophers have argued that a combatant/civilian distinction is unsustainable. Seth Lazar , of the Australian National University, disagrees. In this interview with Nigel Warburton he explains why.
Good health opens opportunities to us; poor health closes them down. This suggests that access to adequate healthcare should be part of a theory of justice. Suprisingly this is not a topic that John Rawls addressed in any detail in his A Theory of Justice. Harvard philosopher Norman Daniels discusses justice, inequality, and healthcare in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The interviewer is David Edmonds.
Accountability is central to our relations with others. It forms part of a moral conversation which we engage in. Yale professor Stephen Darwall explains how our reciprocal obligations hinge on this notion in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
'Philosophy Bites is a podcast series' is a descriptive statement. 'You ought to tell the truth' is a normative one. But what is normativity? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Skorupski discusses this question with David Edmonds.